Police are looking for a group of more than a dozen diners who allegedly tried to smoke marijuana inside a restaurant before causing a scene and walking out on the $420 bill.
The incident happened Sunday night at Frida’s Mexican Restaurante in Memphis, Tennessee, WREG reported. The group of 16 came in at 10:30 pm, a half an hour before closing.
"They came in at the last minute," Frida’s manager Jesse Gonzalez told WREG. "We didn’t think anything of it.”
According to Gonzalez, the group ordered some of the most expensive things on the menu: $11 margaritas and the Frida’s special burrito.
"The grand burritos, Frida’s special steak, steak and shrimp,” he said to WREG.
Soon after, the bartender said he noticed an odd smell coming from the group.
"It was just one guy smoking weed. We asked him to stop. I guess he was the leader of the group and he made a scene,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez told WREG that the group got mad and started berating the staff.
"They started getting louder and louder, getting upset, yelling offenses to the server, saying come on, come on,” he said.
After the blow up, the group left the table and exited the restaurant one by one. Gonzalez says one of the customers pushed a waiter in the stairwell on the way out.
Two women reportedly stayed behind to finish their drinks while ignoring wait staff. They each then left, leaving behind a $420 restaurant bill.
Gonzalez said he was shocked by the walk out, but thinks it was planned.
"Our walkouts are (usually because) they forgot to pay or they’ll come back next day. Major walkouts like that, that’s our first and biggest one,” he said.
"You don’t think they're gonna do that, especially on a Sunday night," he added. "One guy got them all riled up at the same time."
Gonzalez said he is relieved his workers were not hurt, but hopes the police catch all involved.